Meghan Markle wins Court Appeal over Privacy Battle Against Letter to Her Father
Meghan Markle’s extensive battle with the publisher’s of Mail on SundayIt is now over.
According to reports the Duchess of Sussex was able secure a huge victory in her privacy infringement and copyright infringement case against Associated Newspapers when the Court of Appeal, London ruled in her favor. Mail on SundayAfter they printed portions of a private note she had written to her father, she was able to send them the rest.
This means that the case won’t go to trial. Marklecan begin to collect the financial damages from this newspaper. She will also be receiving an apology publically on the frontpage of the newspaper. Mail on Sunday and the homepage of the Mail Online
MeghanStatement made after the ruling was issued:
This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right,
This win is a precedent-setting victory, but what is most important is that we are now collectively courageous enough to transform a tabloid industry, which encourages cruelty and profits from the pain and lies that it creates.
Thursday’s ruling originates from the three-day appeal hearing in November that reconsidered the quality of summary judgement pushed in Meghan Markle’s favor.
The original ruling stated that Mail on Sunday had breached Meghan’sPrivacy by reproducing parts from a handwritten letter she wrote to her father Thomas MarkleIn five articles published February 2019,
In the lawsuit, it was also stated that Mail on SundayInfected Meghan’sCopyright by printing portions from the letter she wrote to her dad before the royal wedding Prince HarryIn May 2018.
The Associated Newspaper worked through the November hearing hoping to get the ruling overturned by adding last minute evidence based on a witness statement from the couple’s former communications secretary Jason Knauf.
Associated Newspaper provided a sequence of text messages between MarkleAnd Knauf that spoke about the letter she would write to her father after he decided to go to the media when he didn’t attend her wedding.
The catalyst for my doing this is seeing how much pain this is causing H,” Meghan said via text in August 2018, using her pet name for her husband. “Even after a week with his dad [Prince Charles] and endlessly explaining the situation, his family seem to forget the context — and revert to ‘can’t she just go and see him and make this stop?
MeghanThen, he continued to say:
They fundamentally don’t understand so at least by writing H will be able to say to his family… ‘She wrote him a letter and he is still doing it.’ By taking this form of action I protect my husband from this constant berating, and while unlikely perhaps it will give my father a moment to pause.
All of the things I have written are aware that they could be leaked. Therefore, I have been careful in my word selection.
The Court of Appeal took the apology into consideration but came to the conclusion that the text showed ‘an unfortunate lapse of memory on her part.” The court explained that the chain of messages had little influence to the issues being spoken of.
The High Court will now consider the case for damages. MeghanShe ended her statement by:
Today, the courts ruled in my favor—again—cementing that The Mail on SundayLord Jonathan Rothermere owns the property. He has violated the law. The courts have held the defendant accountable, and I hope that we all do the same. Because as far removed as it may seem from your personal life, it’s not. Tomorrow it could be me. These harmful practices don’t happen once in a blue moon—they are a daily fail that divide us, and we all deserve better.
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